Editor’s Note: This post is sponsored by Heidi Doroghazi Photography.
Heidi Doroghazi is a Champaign-Urbana mom who left her job in university administration to pursue her passion — photography. She recently opened her own business, Heidi Doroghazi Photography, specializing in newborn, child and family. Today we’d like to introduce you to her and tell you a little bit about her business, and Doroghazi is offering a terrific giveaway for chambanamoms readers!
At the end of this post, leave us a comment telling us what special moment you wish you had captured in a photograph, and you can win* a child or family session and a CD of 20 to 30 digital images suitable for printing! We’ll choose a winner at random. Entries will close at 12 a.m. CST on Monday, April 30.
Let’s meet our latest Mompreneur!
Q: How did you get started in photography? Was it a hobby? What did you do before?
I have always been an artist. Before college it was drawing and painting murals. My undergraduate degree is in advertising, where I learned a lot about layout and how composition affects what people take away from a design. Due to lack of advertising jobs in the town where we lived while my husband pursued his graduate degree, I worked in administration at the university. Although I was able to do some design work recruiting students, it left me with a creative void. I always had an interest in photography, but it wasn’t until I started staying home with my two children that I decided to pursue photography seriously. I was always taking photographs of them, so it was only natural for my new creative pursuit to be a part of that. It’s taken a lot of hard work and study to learn the ins and outs of photography, but I was able to build on solid art and design training.
Q: How have your kids inspired your work?
They gave me the understanding that children change so fast, but as a parent you want to capture every possible moment. That cute head tilt and smile that she does one year will change by the next, and photographs can make those memories last. They’ve inspired me to give my clients the best photographs possible to document their lives.
Q. A career change is tough to manage. How did you get through that transition?
It has been a very gradual transition. Everyone takes snapshots, but over time, for me, those turned into photography mini-sessions. I would read about exposure and composition and image processing at night after our daughters went to bed. Then it turned into full blown practice sessions with my family on the weekend and then with friends’ families. I do most of the editing while my girls are napping or after their bedtime. Luckily, the best light for photography is in the morning or evening. My husband has a fairly flexible work schedule, which has been extremely helpful. He can come home early or go in late, and jumps at every chance he gets to spend more time with our kids. He has been nothing but encouraging through the whole process.
Q: Many photographers work from home; was that one of your goals or is it an added bonus?
It wasn’t a goal, strictly speaking, but it did influence the long-term timing of this. I love getting to be with my kids during the day, and I don’t think I would have launched my own business for a couple more years if I couldn’t stay home with them.
Q: Why did you decide to specialize in family photography?
There is something so special about witnessing the love between a family. I love being a part of that. I am able to give my clients photographs that are irreplaceable, that they will look at years from now.
Q: What makes a great family photo?
I think the most important part of a family photo is that it really captures your family. You don’t want to look back and wince at a fake smile or the cheesy background. A great family photo should capture how your family interacts, your personalities. It should trigger memories of your favorite aspects of your life today.
*No purchase necessary, winner will be notified within one week of the drawing and will be chosen at random. Giveaway ends at 12 a.m. on Monday, April 30. Sponsor is responsible for the fulfillment of this prize. Entrants who previously had a free session with Heidi Doroghazi Photography are not eligible for this drawing.